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The Courts

Submission + - UK company patents tipping .. (theregister.co.uk) 1

rs232 writes: "'Their patent described a process of generating and handling an electronic online authorisation and uploading request relating to a payment transaction. The customer would be offered the chance to add a gratuity and a request for authorisation of the total would be constructed'

Sounds like a patent on tipping to me, is there a lawyer in the house .."

Media

Submission + - Technology and resistance in Pakistan (rabble.ca)

sunbird writes: "I'm living in Pakistan right now working at the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, an NGO, and despite what you might think from media coverage in the west, there is still significant resistance to Musharraf's second coup. One author is describing the critical role played by technology and media in organizing efforts here, especially among newly-politicized students. Organizers here are using SMSs, blogs, and flash protests (1 | 2) to confound and evade the police. Some of the most current information about events here is often found on blogs (See 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6); although the Pakistani English-language press (1 | 2 | 3 | 4) has done a decent job covering the crisis too, notwithstanding draconian media restrictions that forbid publication of anything that "brings into ridicule or disrepute" the president."

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